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Forum: Bristol Ephemera 08-09-20, 08:57 AM
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Posted By RALPH M
No problem; yes I have bought many auction items...

No problem; yes I have bought many auction items over the years and arranged collection etc but was particularly staggered by the quoted cost of their "pack and send" service.
Forum: Bristol Ephemera 06-09-20, 08:11 AM
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Posted By RALPH M
Collection Of Bristol Auction Items

I bid and won a 401 manual at the Wyles Hardy auction and what a terrible website it seemed but there we are. Now it seems the blood suckers want more than the hammer price just to post it to me in...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 14-05-20, 07:26 AM
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Posted By RALPH M
Engine paint finish

I would like to re finish the rocker covers and carb inlet manifold and would welcome any advice on correct original finishes and also best modern alternatives.

Mike
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 13-05-20, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,086
Posted By RALPH M
Manifolds sorted

Just to say many thanks to Bill at Pegasus for sorting some decent manifolds for me. At the moment my use of Holts sealant is working well and have yesterday driven my 401 along the beautiful Devon...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 28-04-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,086
Posted By RALPH M
Exhaust manifold

Just to say I have managed to effect an airtight joint by using Holts sealant but suspect it will not survive any spirited driving so I am looking for a decent spare manifold (rear) with good...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 13-04-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,086
Posted By RALPH M
Thank you all

Many thanks for all the advice/ideas from top class re engineering to bush engineering fix. A spare new “peg nut” came with the car so will compare that to the one fitted and also remove the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 12-04-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
Gearbox tested

Now I am grounded like us all, I am attending to several tidying up jobs on the Bristol as sick of gardening! I did take the 401 for a brief test drive before lock down with Castrol XXL 40 in the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 12-04-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,086
Posted By RALPH M
401 exhaust manifold

I noticed the flanged connector to the rear manifold was blowing slightly and upon investigation I see that the threads on the cast manifold itself are worn down and as I tighten the ring clamp, it...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 12-03-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
Lubrication

Well a bit disappointed at not receiving any views on oil grades so have done my own research and will be using Castro’s XXL which is straight40 grade in the gearbox and overdrive which shares the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 11-03-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
Gearbox oil

Refitting my 401 gearbox this week at long last. It is the early type and what is the advice regarding oil grade and type of oil? I also have a Laycock overdrive so again any advice on best oil...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 17-02-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
Slow But Steady Progress

Just an update if anybody is interested. Once the gearbox was out, I took off the clutch and flywheel, the latter having now been skimmed and refitted. A complete new MGB clutch is in a box...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 25-11-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
I have now removed the overdrive and gearbox as a...

I have now removed the overdrive and gearbox as a single until with JUST enough clearance at the rear tunnel end once the prop drive flange is off. I am hoping to improve the synchro on second and...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 16-11-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By RALPH M
401 gearbox

I have to deal with the clutch so have all the floors out ready to remove the gearbox. It has an overdrive and wondered is it best to lift the gearbox/overdrive out as a unit or remove the overdrive...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 15-11-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By RALPH M
My 401 came with a well fitted clamp on mirror on...

My 401 came with a well fitted clamp on mirror on the drivers side, a bit small but quite stable. i bought and fitted a left side clamp on and despite much fiddling and adjusting it fell off! I...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 15-10-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 943
Posted By RALPH M
401 Tune Up

I have a 401 which I have only owned for a few months and it came fitted with a 123 distributor but also the original Lucas in a box of parts. She has been at Dave Baskervilles in Barnstaple for the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 24-09-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 966
Posted By RALPH M
Shellubrication Chart X560

I found this in my box of stuff which is of passing interest. Many of you have probably seen or have one but I just wanted to share. The valve clearance advice on page 2 is a bit worrying though!
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 20-08-19, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,209
Posted By RALPH M
Hi Peter. Before you rebuild the master cylinder...

Hi Peter. Before you rebuild the master cylinder have you tried setting greater clearance on the brake pedal pushrod. It may be that simple. Good luck. Mike
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 21-07-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 989
Posted By RALPH M
401 brake shoes

Hopefully an easy question; I have had all 8 shoes reclined and rather belatedly wonder are all shoes identical or interchangeable. I am fairly certain I have it correct as there is a very small...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 14-07-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,209
Posted By RALPH M
Well thank you all! This is a new one on me and...

Well thank you all! This is a new one on me and as I already had a new pipe in the garage I fitted it and what a result. Having replaced the wheel cylinders and blamed the handbrake linkage it was...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 11-07-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,209
Posted By RALPH M
401 mysterious brake problem

I have rebuilt many hydraulic brake systems over the years but have encountered an odd problem. Refurbed drums, slave cylinders and new linings, bleed system, adjust for good clearance on master...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 02-07-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By RALPH M
Many thanks Geoff for such a quick and...

Many thanks Geoff for such a quick and informative reply. John Healey had kindly passed on to me a lot of copy emails between yourself and him regarding my car's history but you just added some more...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 01-07-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By RALPH M
401 or 403 cam ?

New member here so hope I am doing this correctly. I now have a 1951 401, chassis 903 and an engine with a 403 head. It is a running car and I would like to get it running more smoothly but before...
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